Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cleveland Clinic chief on the business of health

A client of mine was kind enough to forward this article/interview with the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove. I am very glad that I read this piece as it hit home with many of the points we try to convey to our clients, prospective clients and anyone else that asks our opinion of Healthcare Reform. I don’t think anyone questions whether we need it -- the question is how to accomplish the goal. I often wonder whether the real issues are being addressed; and so it was refreshing to see that this interview touches on many of the topics on which we need to focus – including healthier lifestyles and greater efficiency among providers -- to help slow increasing healthcare costs. It is also very realistic in that Dr. Cosgrove reminds us that costs are always going to go up, and we can only hope to curtail them. I hope you find the article as informative as I did.

Click here to read the article.

Alex Herbruck, Herbruck Alder,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Employer Wellness Survey Results Available

Results from Herbruck Alder's Employer Wellness Survey of Northern Ohio companies are now available.

Survey highlights:
  • Twenty three percent of Northern Ohio employers responding to the survey have comprehensive wellness programs. This is 39 percent more than the results of the previous annual survey reported.
  • 17 percent of respondents are in the process of developing a wellness program.
  • 51 percent offer smoking cessation programs through health plans.
  • 45 percent offer weight control and/or weight loss services.
  • 80 percent offer onsite food services, from full-service cafeterias to vending machines. Of those, 34 percent publish nutritional content to help employees make healthy food choices.
  • 39 percent can identify successes within their wellness programs, such as employees quitting smoking, sharing healthy recipes, starting exercise programs, and participating in weight-loss competitions.

Click here to read recent press release.

Please contact Alison Muth at 216.377.2595 or to receive a copy of the results report.